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ABB will provide a ventilation system in the Alps

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01 November 2011
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $21 million from AlpTransit Gotthard AG (ATG) to provide a ventilation system for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, which will carry trains beneath the Alps. It is the world's largest railway tunnel project, with a route length of 57 km. In total the project's network of tunnels, shafts and passages equals 152 km. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2011.

Technical rail systems are scheduled to be installed and operational by 2017. Once completed, an estimated 200 to 250 trains per day will travel through the tunnel.

Together with TLT Turbo GmbH (Germany), ABB represents a consortium that was awarded the project, which is worth about $45 million. The consortium is responsible for developing, producing and installing what will be the largest tunnel ventilation system ever built, providing fresh air for the entire tunnel network. ABB technologies will ensure it operates at the highest levels of reliability and energy efficiency.

“System reliability, safety and quality are critical in this tunnel project. The ventilation system meets ATG's highest safety requirements, while ensuring energy efficient operation,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “This project demonstrates how our comprehensive solutions and application know-how developed in process industries can help improve efficiency of other operations.”

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